Robinson Ready for NCAA Championships
March 26, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Junior Cooper Robinson will be the first TCU male swimmer since Edgar Crespoin 2011 to compete in the NCAA Championships when he takes to the water Thursday at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center at the University of Texas.
"He's excited and we're excited for him to have the opportunity to race against the best teams in the country," TCU swimming coach Richard Sybesma said. "It was a dream, but now it's a reality."
Robinson earned the invitation to the three-day event in the 200 back (1:42.33).
Although he was invited to the meet for the 200 back, Robinson will also compete in the 100 back and 200 IM because of his NCAA B Cut qualifying times, Sybesma said.
He will compete 100 Back Friday and 200 Back Saturday.
The meet begins at 11 a.m. each day with the trials and finals are set for 7 p.m.
"He's been training hard and was pretty high in his yardage and is coming back down and looking fresher and fresher every day," TCU assistant swimming coach Keegan Ingelidosaid.
Robinson, who hails from Katy, Texas, is the school-record holder in the 100 back (46.94) and the 200 back (1:42.33).
"With Coach Ingelido being his primary coach in the backstroke and being a former NCAA champion, she's really done a wonderful job preparing him for TCU meets and for the the opportunity to go to the NCAAs," Sybesma said.
Robinson placed fourth in the 200 back in the 2014 Big 12 Conference Championships held Feb. 26-March 1 in Austin.